Can I submit after the deadline?
No. The deadlines are absolute. All submissions receive equal consideration up to the published deadline. Please respect other contributors and allow time for unforeseen circumstances in your submission, including (but not limited to) network connectivity, equipment failures, job impacts, life or family events, etc. These are outside of SIGGRAPH 2020’s direct control and cannot be accommodated fairly.
Immediately after the submission deadline, we start processing and reviewing the submissions on a very tight time schedule, and we cannot accommodate exceptions.
How will SIGGRAPH 2020 address server-side network failures?
SIGGRAPH 2020 is only responsible for the availability of the submission server. If necessary, the conference chair will authorize an appropriate adjustment (and will prominently post notices at several locations online). All other network failures between your location and the SIGGRAPH server will not affect the submission deadlines. Please submit early to avoid missing the deadline due to technology-related issues.
The SIGGRAPH 2020 English Review Service failed our schedule, so it is SIGGRAPH’s fault that our proposal is late. Can I have an extension?
No. The English Review Service makes no guarantee for service turn-around. It is also administered separately from the conference program. Please schedule your work appropriately. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please ensure it is submitted and marked “complete” in the submission system at least 14 days before your program’s submission deadline.
NATURE OF CONTENT
How should I write up work that is based on a recent paper I wrote but extends that work?
Please reference the original paper(s) and clearly explain how the new work differs from, extends, or improves the previous work.
Can I submit work that I did for my thesis?
Yes. See the Work Submitted Elsewhere section of this Submission FAQ if some or all of your thesis work has been formally published.
My Art Paper was rejected. Can I submit an abstract about the same work for possible presentation elsewhere in the conference?
Some submission deadlines will be closed by that time.
English is not my first language. Can I submit and present in another language?
No, but ACM SIGGRAPH’s International Committee can provide help with English translation.
Should all submissions be prepared anonymously?
Yes. The review processes for programs like Art Papers and Technical Papers are double blind, which means the reviewers will not know who the authors are, and the authors will not know who the reviewers are. Your submission should be as close to its final form as possible (see Completeness, Work in Progress). Potential conflicts of interest are taken into account when submissions are assigned to reviewers.
NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS
Can I (or my company) submit more than one work to SIGGRAPH 2020?
Yes, please do. The jury will evaluate and decide on each (unrelated) submission separately. Please bear in mind, though, that the committee will be evaluating all of the accepted submissions as a whole. So it is not appropriate to break up a potentially strong piece of work into smaller components in an effort to increase the number of works you have accepted.
COMPLETENESS, WORK IN PROGRESS
Are partial or incomplete submissions considered?
Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Contributors are required to meet all submission requirements by the published deadline. The jury will evaluate the merit of each completed proposal as it was submitted at the deadline, even if it does not meet the author’s personal quality objectives. Please allow enough time to meet your own quality goals.
Can I submit an Art Paper and submit the same work to Talks, Panels, Courses, Installations, or Posters?
Yes. SIGGRAPH 2020 encourages synergy between the Art Papers and other parts of the conference. For example, you may wish to submit an installation of the project you describe in your paper. The submission form has a checkbox to indicate work submitted elsewhere; please check this box and explain that the work was submitted as an Art Paper for SIGGRAPH 2020.
If your work is accepted, an additional talk or poster will not be accepted, unless the talk or poster describes details or aspects that are not included in the paper. In this case, make sure the general submission clearly states how the proposed talk or poster differs from the paper.
WORK SUBMITTED ELSEWHERE
Can I submit work that I’ve published or presented, or has been accepted for publication or presentation, elsewhere?
Yes, though with some caveats. First, you must indicate the prior appearance via the checkbox on the submission form and provide a description of how and where the work appeared. Second, be aware that SIGGRAPH attendees expect to see things they’ve never seen before. The jury will decide if the novelty and impact of the submission warrant acceptance despite its appearance elsewhere. Generally speaking, it’s OK if your work has been presented in a small workshop or colloquium, and it’s OK if your work has been published in journals in other fields. However, work that has appeared in a major computer graphics journal or a mainstream computer graphics conference is not what SIGGRAPH is looking to feature, and should not be submitted.
Can I submit work to SIGGRAPH 2020 and submit a more complete description to other conferences (for example EGSR, SGP, or SCA) while the submission is still in review?
The other conference or journal is likely to consider this an unacceptable “dual submission,” so you must check with them. If they are OK with it, SIGGRAPH 2020 is OK with it. But if you intend to submit this work elsewhere before the conference, you must indicate this intent via the checkbox on the submission form and provide a description of where you intend to submit and when it would appear.
Can I submit work that was presented at a previous SIGGRAPH conference?
The submission form has a checkbox that requires you to indicate this fact. The jury will decide if the novelty of the submission warrants acceptance regardless of prior presentation or publication. Submissions in most formats require novelty and will not be accepted unless the work has progressed since the last SIGGRAPH conference.
FORMATS AND CATEGORIES
What is the purpose of submission keywords and categories?
The jury is comprised of experts from many areas of computer graphics, and choosing appropriate keywords helps ensure that the best-qualified jurors will review your work.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
The online submission system uses a robust server with high-bandwidth access to the internet, but everything has a limit. In previous years, last-minute submitters tried to upload 5GB of data in the final half-hour before the deadline. This didn’t work well. Don’t get yourself in that situation.
The deadlines are absolute. We’re on a tight schedule, and we won’t be able to extend the deadline to accommodate late uploads.
Upload Early and Often
Once your submission is complete, you are still allowed to edit it and add to or modify the supplementary materials right up to the deadline. This means you can upload some materials early as soon as they are ready and upload the remainder later, avoiding the need to upload everything at once. This also means you can upload a rough draft of your materials early and replace it with more polished versions later. Upload drafts that are roughly the same size as your final material. This will allow you to get a feel for the upload process and the time it takes to upload files of those sizes, and give you time to diagnose problems. Then, as your draft gets refined, upload revisions. This way, if the last polish or final render encounters problems, you only lose the polish, not the entire submission.
REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE GUIDELINES
What are the image guidelines?
- Every submission must include at least one representative image.
- The image must be digital, of the highest quality possible, with a pixel resolution of at least 1500 x 1000, at least 300 dpi at 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide, with proportional height, or the highest-possible-resolution screen grab.
- Images must be 24-bit (RGB, 8-bits per channel) uncompressed, in the highest possible JPEG resolution.
- A standard ICC color profile of sRGB also is recommended and will be assumed if not specified.
- Horizontal (landscape) images are required. Vertical (portrait) images are not acceptable.
- Your image will appear in 3 x 2 ratio on the SIGGRAPH 2020 website. Images that do not conform to this proportion will be cropped from center.
- Avoid embedded rules, layers, tags, masks, color models (for example, CMYK), etc. If in doubt, use an image editor to paste into a new file.
- Please also specify copyright and image credits for each image. The file-upload manager offers an input field for this optional information.
- If your work is accepted, your representative image will be used both as an identifying image during the jurying and selection process and in publications or for media purposes.
- Higher resolution images are often favored by media for publication use, so the minimum-resolution requirement is only a guideline.
- It is important that you have permissions to use this image.
COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS
My time-based media presentation makes use of commercially recorded music. Is this OK? What if I use my own rendition of someone else’s song?
Using commercially recorded music in an animation is only acceptable if you acquire synchronization rights for the recording you are using or performance rights if you use your own rendition of someone else’s song. Such rights are your responsibility, and SIGGRAPH will not purchase these rights for you. While in many cases music rights can be obtained inexpensively, well-known popular music is often difficult to license. For that reason, many submitters work with composers and have scores designed specifically for their work.
Synchronization licenses must be secured for inclusion of copyrighted musical compositions in film or video presentations. Securing synchronization rights involves approvals from both the music publisher and the record label that owns the original master recording. This process is sometimes straightforward, sometimes painful, and sometimes, often for well-known recording artists, impossible. In the past, submitters of accepted pieces have had to cancel their participation in the SIGGRAPH conference due to music-licensing issues. Other submitters have had to replace their music tracks in a way that compromised their work. For these reasons, all submitters are encouraged to secure music rights for their work as early as possible in the production process. For more information on music licensing, and to find the necessary contacts for the recording you would like to use, see the ASCAP and BMI websites:
You may consider using public-domain music; various websites provide listings and even some downloads. But be aware that although a song itself may be in the public domain, a particular recording of that song could be copyrighted.
Some of the supplementary material we intend to use in our submission is available or will be available as a publication. Do we need to discuss this in our submission?
Yes. Please discuss whether you have permission from the publisher to include this material in your SlGGRAPH 2020 published materials, and if not, what alternate form you will provide.
REVIEW AND UPON ACCEPTANCE
How does the jury select pieces?
All submissions are juried together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury primarily looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. A longer list of traits the jury typically looks for includes clarity of thesis, clarity of perspectives, quality of references, and contribution to the field.
The reviews we received from the jury were very positive, but we still didn’t get accepted. Why is this?
Ideally, everyone would have a chance to present their best work at the conference. It would certainly make the selection process easier! Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here are some possible reasons for rejection:
- The submission did not show enough improvement over previous presentations.
- The submission overlapped with better proposals in a similar area.
- The work was not strong or relevant.
PATENTS AND CONFIDENTIALITY
When will my accepted submission become publicly available?
Public disclosure of a submission’s title, abstract, and contents can have important commercial and legal ramifications. Acceptances will be finalized in March, at which time the submission’s title, abstract, and description (written by the contributors) will be disclosed publicly in SIGGRAPH communications. Excerpts of the submission’s companion video may also be disclosed. Please be advised in order to receive maximum international patent protection on your submission’s idea, you will need to file your application prior to early March.
Can I submit earlier papers or technical reports as materials?
Yes, earlier papers or technical reports may be submitted as supplementary materials. However, the jury is under no obligation to read these materials.
Can I submit a URL pointing to my work rather than the work itself?
No. It’s OK to include a URL in your submission so that we can get additional information about your work if needed. But in order to ensure fairness and adherence to our deadline restrictions, the jury will not examine the information at that URL when evaluating the submission.
Do I have to submit a supporting video of my work?
If your submission has an interactive, animation, or simulation component, we strongly encourage you to submit a video demonstrating your work in action, as it is sometimes difficult to evaluate your work without this.
What file formats are acceptable for video submissions?
We only accept uploaded videos in QuickTime MPEG-4 or DivX Version 6 formats, and the file size should not exceed 100 MB. The file must be uploaded using the online submission system.
My video files are larger than 100 MB. What should I do?
Do everything possible to make them smaller. The total size of your uploads should be below 100 MB. Jurors in various locations around the world will need to download the submitted videos, and we need to keep the total size of all submissions reasonable.
First, try decreasing the image resolution and/or using a better compression technique and/or settling for higher compression at the cost of somewhat reduced image quality. If you have tried very hard to do all this but still can’t get the size down, contact us and explain the specifics of your situation in detail, and we’ll see what we can work out.